Slowing down Paul George will be a key for Brett Brown and the Philadelphia 76ers | Brian Spurlock-USA TODAY Sports
The Philadelphia 76ers will once again look for their first win of the season tonight when they take on the Indiana Pacers at the Wells Fargo Center, their last home game before embarking on a six game road trip.
The biggest challenge for the Sixers tonight will be slowing down Paul George, who has been playing exceptional basketball of late after a slow start to the season. To counter George’s incredible play of late, and the match-up problem he represents for traditional big men, Brett Brown announced before the start of the game that he would bring Nerlens Noel off the bench, inserting Robert Covington into the starting lineup in his place. Athletic forward Jerami Grant is likely to get the first crack at defending George.
However, minutes later Indiana head coach Frank Vogel announced that he would start Lavoy Allen at the power forward spot to counter Philadelphia’s big lineup, thus sliding George to the small forward positions. It’s unlikely we’ll know for sure exactly how the match-up is going to shake out until game time, but it seems as if Jerami Grant will start off defending George, regardless of which position he starts off at.
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Philadelphia Flyers defenseman Shayne Gostisbehere (53) celebrates his goal against the Los Angeles Kings during the first period at Wells Fargo Center. Photo | Eric Hartline-USA TODAY Sports
The Flyers had an interesting Tuedsay. Backup goaltender Michal Neuvirth was late getting to the ice, and then — after skating for a few minutes — was declared out for that night’s game with an “upper body injury.”
As a result, an Aramark employee had to fill-in at morning skate. To be fair, Justin Musciano — division manager of concessions at the Wells Fargo Center – wasn’t just a random schlub pulled onto the ice. He played in Flyers CEO Peter Luukko’s morning games as a goaltender, and played in college.
“If you haven’t played with professionals and you just see it on TV, you get a totally different respect for what they do and [how they play] the game,” Musciano told the Delaware County Times in 2012 after he filled in then. “How hard they actually shoot the puck? It’s just amazing.”
Lehigh Valley Phantoms goaltender Anthony Stolarz was called up in time to back up Steve Mason during Tuesday night’s game. Another interesting thing happened there, but it had nothing to do with goaltending: Phenom prospect Shayne Gostisbehere scored his first NHL goal. Read more »
Donovan McNabb went to Syracuse, and graduated with a degree in speech communication. Since retirement, he’s put that degree to good use, with a show on NBC Sports Radio and a job on various Fox Sports platforms, most notably as an analyst on NFL on Fox broadcasts.
But McNabb now has been convicted of driving under the influence twice in the last two years, and was recently sentenced to 18 days in jail for his second offense. And now he’s tendered his resignation from his Fox gig.
“Donovan McNabb submitted his resignation, which we have accepted,” said Fox
McNabb, who had been suspended in July after his second DUI, resigned from Fox Sports. He is still “on leave” from NBC Sports Radio, per Awful Announcing. Read more »
Jahlil Okafor’s improved defensive rebounding is big for the 76ers | Ken Blaze-USA TODAY Sports
Each week we’ll dive into a couple of observations about the Philadelphia 76ers. You can view previous installments in the Likes and Dislikes series here.
This week we’ll once again focus on Jahlil Okafor. His improved defensive rebounding is a huge boon for a Sixers team that had to play without Nerlens Noel for a couple of games, but the perimeter shooters are currently letting him down.
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If, in the spring of 2017, you happen to be watching a women’s lacrosse game at Drexel’s Vidas Field in West Philly and you think you’re seeing double: You won’t be. On National Signing Day this year, November 11th, Drexel head coach Hannah Rudloff managed to snag two of the Schneidereith sisters, a set of stick-wielding quadruplets out of Towson, Maryland.
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Dirk Nowitzki scored 21 points in the Mavericks’ 92-86 win over the Sixers | Bill Streicher-USA TODAY Sports
The 76ers slide continues.
The Sixers have now lost 11 games in a row to start the season for the second consecutive year.
For a 76ers fan base that has grown accustomed to losing, this game hurt a little more than most. Nerlens Noel broke an 81-81 tie with a free throw with 4:22 remaining, capping off a spirited run by the winless home team and giving fans a brief moment of hope that they could get their first win of the season.
That hope was cruelly short-lived, unfortunately, as the Mavericks finished the game on an 11-4 run for a 92-86 road victory.
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Photo | Jeff Fusco
Even though the Birds didn’t come out on top, there was a strong sense of unity among fans at the Linc yesterday.
Some paid their respects by flying French flags. Others made signs, including this one which reads “We are all French:”
Photo | Jeff Fusco
There was a moment of silence before the kickoff of every game in the NFL yesterday. If you listen closely, the one at the Linc punctuated that trademark Philly attitude (warning, NSFW): Read more »
Maintaining a high-paced offense while integrating Jahlil Okafor into the offense is one of Sixers head coach Brett Brown’s priorities | Soobum Im-USA TODAY Sports
This Monday we continue our 76ers mailbag series, where we discuss some of the pressing topics around the team.
In this fourth edition of the Sixers mailbag we’ll take a look at whether Jahlil Okafor is hurting the Sixers offense, whether the Sixers should pursue Dion Waiters as a free agent, what the starting lineup will be when the Sixers are healthy, whether Okafor, Noel, and Embiid can work long-term, and whether Okafor limits the Sixers’ transition opportunities.
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LaMarcus Aldridge scored 17 points and collected 17 rebounds in the Spurs 92-83 win over the Sixers | Craig Mitchelldyer-USA TODAY Sports
“The Sixers became the first team in NBA history to … ”
It’s a phrase you’re going to hear every game until the Sixers win their first game of the season.
After last night’s 92-83 loss to the San Antonio Spurs, the Sixers became the first team in NBA history to start consecutive seasons 0-10.
It’s hard to get excited about a game where the team continued to sink farther and farther into NBA infamy, but watching Jahlil Okafor bounce back from his dreadful 3-for-18 shooting performance against Oklahoma City with 21 points (on 9-17 shooting), 12 rebounds, 2 assists, and 2 blocked shots was encouraging.
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Russell Westbrook had a triple-double against the Sixers, finishing with 21 points, 17 rebounds, and 11 assists in the win | Geoff Burke-USA TODAY Sports
There are going to be tough games this season.
Sixers fans know this. They definitely know this after the Sixers fell to 0-9 start to the season. It’s the second consecutive season the team has started 0-9, the first time that’s happened in back-to-back seasons in NBA history.
But even for 76ers fans who have embraced the rebuild, who believe that what is truly important is the development of Nerlens Noel and Jahlil Okafor, there are still struggles ahead.
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